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How your 'color depth' could be set too high and slow you down!


Is your color depth set too high?


This question was answered on July 28, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

A common complaint from users is that their screen seems to "paint" when it refreshes This is most likely due to the number of colors selected in the display settings.

In very few cases is it advantageous to set your color depth higher than 'High Color (16-bit)' Setting your color depth to 32 or 64 bit will likely not improve the image quality, but it will almost always slow down your video card.

Experiment with this setting to see if your screen refresh improves without any degradation in screen image quality.

To set your color depth, click on Start/Settings/Control Panel and double-click the 'Display' icon Next, click on the 'Settings' tab at the top, then look for the 'Colors' box in the middle.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on July 28, 2001